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Driving Change

The automotive industry is undergoing a period of accelerated change where legacy technologies are evolving to meet new environmental, economic and cultural challenges or are simply being replaced through exciting innovation.

With this comes a need to find talent that can bridge different generations of technology, anticipate and plan for a new set of environmental and consumer demands and understand a wholly new set of ideas about vehicle ownership from a generation who think very differently about transport.

The automotive industry is now at the forefront of technical and smart innovation, taking a lead that is often followed by other consumer and commercial industries.

By combining our credentials within the automotive recruitment market with an inside view into the changing industry, Gerrell and Hard is helping a portfolio of world-leading clients to locate and retain the talent that can help take them into a new and unprecedented era – sometimes hiring for roles that are among the very first of their kind.

Skills and functions

We work with OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and Consultancies around the world. Our clients include some of the biggest international automotive brands, and our automotive recruitment covers all levels of seniority from graduates to senior management, across a broad set of skills including (but not limited to) the below. 

  • Concept, Styling and Studio
  • CAE, FEA and CFD Simulation and Analysis
  • Calibration
  • Systems and Safety
  • Battery, Hybrid (HEV/PHEV), and Electric Vehicle (EV)
  • Materials Science
  • Project and Programme
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Quality and SQA
  • Business Development, Sales and Marketing
  • Design and CAD
  • Test and Development
  • Electronics, Controls and Software
  • Electrical Hardware and EDS
  • NVH
  • Homologation, Certification and Legislation
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Health, Safety and Environmental
  • Human Resources
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Simon is the best recruiter I've ever met, really! He offered me a higher position than I already had and we finished the process together to success. I was impressed by Simon’s perfect timing, constant care, dependability and his pushing the hiring company to finish the process as soon as possible. If you want to move your career to the next step I will highly recommend Simon Davey. 

Senior Engineer, Crash CAE

I first worked with Paul when I came across a role he was advertising which had caught my eye. I thought I’d send off a CV to see how it goes. Within minutes he was on the phone chatting through my experience and learning what I wanted out of the move. It was very clear early on that he understood my situation, and he was very confident about putting me forward for the role. Only a couple of hours later he had secured me an interview for the next day, and within 24 hours I had an offer. I could not have asked for more from Paul; right from our initial phone call through to making sure I was settled in the role, I felt a lot more confident in the whole process knowing I had Paul working with me. 

Principal Engineer - Emissions Test

Gemma was very helpful during my recruitment: open, honest and informative. She listened to my questions, concerns and expectations and then delivered. I recommend Gemma's services.

Senior Product Manager

Paul is personable, reliable and honest. He takes time to understand what you are looking for in a role and uses his knowledge and network to find you one. His industry experience means he can identify opportunities not always visible through normal recruitment channels. I recommend Paul and Gerrell & Hard without hesitation.

Engagement Manager - TATA Technologies

I recommend G&H to anyone in the automotive/motorsport sector. Nick understands this industry and takes time to match candidates’ skills and experience to company requirements. Throughout my most recent placement Nick provided an efficient, personal and professional service a cut above other recruiters I've dealt with.

Engineer, HV Energy Management - Bentley Motors

I wholeheartedly recommend Gemma Feist for her dedication and attention in ensuring I had the information I needed to apply for my latest role. She and G&H made the experience move quickly, showed genuine interest in my requirements and regularly followed up. I’m happy to recommend the team.

Senior Project Engineer, Body Closures - Emerald Automotive

Jonathan and Nick helped me find my current role at Aston Martin. They are dedicated and understand the industry and I appreciated their support when I transitioned into my new role, which made the experience a lot less stressful. Excellent recruiters and a personalised service. Highly recommended.

Engineering Coordinator - Aston Martin Lagonda

Having worked with Nick Green as a candidate and then very closely as a client, I can honestly say it’s always a pleasure to deal with him. I have moved on but hope that we can work together again in the future. Keep up the amazing work that you do Nick.

HR Generalist

Gemma is friendly, prompt and was extremely supportive when I decided to progress my career. Gemma kept me up to date throughout the recruitment process and her advice left me feeling comfortable and confident in my interview. I recommend Gemma to anyone looking to progress in their career.

Seat Comfort Systems - Bentley Motors

Having long been a client I was aware of Gerrell & Hard's excellent service and dedication, and I would not have the role I always wanted without Jonathan's help and commitment. Thank you for helping me get the job I deserve through your excellent communication and understanding of the automotive industry.

Vehicle Engineering Manager - Aston Martin Lagonda

I recommend Nick Green, who I was was fortunate to have help me secure my current job. Nick maintained consistent communication with my prospective employer and with me throughout the recruitment process and his dedication added real value to my application. He is professional, personable and a pleasure to deal with.

Senior Key Account Manager - IHS Automotive

Nick’s work is always outstanding. He has placed some very high calibre people in niche technological roles I’ve struggled to fill. He has great enthusiasm, energy and professionalism and he and his team are clearly experts in Automotive Engineering and Project Management. I would highly recommend their services.

Head of Technical Operations, Mulliner - Bentley Motors Ltd

Simon was a great support during my job transition. I had been a long-term employee and as such I had a fear of leaving. Simon was incredibly reassuring and professional, and provided me with priceless hints and tips to help me succeed. All I can do is extend my thanks to him; he is incredibly friendly and understanding and easy to talk to. I will be sure to keep in contact with him in case I need to search for a job again in the future.

Senior Safety Systems Engineer

I can highly recommend Jonathan and all his colleagues at Gerrell & Hard. They are the only recruitment company I use, having previously dealt with both Nick and Joel and gaining my previous job through them 10 years ago. This time around it was a pleasure to deal with Jonathan who was extremely supportive and helpful during the whole process. A big thank you once again for aiding me along my professional career journey!

Project Manager

Simon has been absolutely fantastic from all points of view in helping me through each step of an overseas job transition. I highly recommend him. Thanks so much.

Powertrain Subsystems Design Manager - Nissan Motor Corporation

Simon contacted me to recommend a position that fits my skill set perfectly; he has been amazing throughout the period of transition into the new role (during the covid-19 outbreak to add more challenge!) I would highly recommend him whilst seeking your new role as he will be on hand to help during what has no doubt been a difficult time to switch roles.

Project Coordinator

Gemma was instrumental in finding employment for me at LEVC. From the first phone call, it was clear I was dealing with a very professional individual that had a very good knowledge of the Automotive business and a good relationship with my employer. Again, through the interview, job offer and first few weeks of my new role Gemma has kept me fully up to date during my application. On a personal level she checked that everything was running smoothly and that the job is going well too. Needless to say I'd recommend her to anybody in the Automotive sector seeking a new opportunity.

Principal Engineer

Gemma helped me to secure a permanent position at Lotus, she was extremely helpful and kept me up to date with the progress from initial discussion and also after my acceptance. I can sincerely recommend Gemma for her professional experience in recruitment.

Chassis Design Engineer

Gemma did a fantastic job of finding me a position when the project I was working on came to an abrupt halt. She is great at communicating and ensuring I’m aware of any developments or changes in my current role. I would definitely recommend her to others.

CAS Alias Modeller

It was a great experience dealing with Paris throughout the entire recruitment process. She was very helpful, professional and accommodating which made me completely feel at ease. She arranged all interviews promptly, clearly outlined what was expected at each stage of the process and the key skills needed to be a successful applicant. If I had any questions or needed assistance I knew she was only a call or email away. Even now, after starting my position Paris has stayed in contact to make sure I am happy in my new role. I would not think twice about recommending working with Paris to find a suitable position within the Automotive industry.

Design Engineer

Paris is the most helpful and responsible consultant I ever meet. She helped me through all the interviews and offered me the support or suggestions whenever I needed. At the end of 2019, I got the job which I have a lot of passion for. Even after I got the job, she still offered a lot of help and support. If anyone asks me about which consultant they should go for, I definitely will recommend Paris, because when you are looking for the job, you need a kind and responsible person to help you find the opportunities.

Graduate Project Manager

I highly recommend Paris and Gerrell & Hard to work with. I found securing my new position went very smoothly and she managed the process very well. I was always prepared and given as much information as possible in order for me to succesfully be offered my new role. As she promptly helped me to find a role which suits me and supports my personal progression I can say without doubt she is an ambassador for the profession and someone that prides herself on both candidate and client satisfaction.

Supplier Quality Engineer

Gemma was very helpful during my recruitment, open, honest and informative. Gemma listened to my questions, concerns and expectations and then delivered. I recommend Gemma's services.

Senior Product Manager

Nick Green contacted me during my quest for new career opportunities in the automotive industry. What impressed me from the first moment was that the position he proposed felt like it was tailored for my skills and interests. The company was very reputable and he was able to provide some very useful and accurate details about the position and their hiring process. He has a very broad knowledge on various engineering disciplines and was able to guide me through the interview preparation process very efficiently. He made sure that the communication between the hiring manager and me was immediate and clear, and never hesitated to ask for more information on my behalf. I honestly can't thank Nick enough for contacting me regarding this fascinating role and for being there every step of the way. I value our time working together greatly, and would recommend his guidance to anyone looking for a personalized recruitment process.

Project Engineer

With regards to organising my Visualisation contract Lotus Cars, Gemma worked fantastically to organise my interview and contract and I found her to be extremely helpful and friendly to deal with. She is very courteous and always on hand if I require any assistance, and with prompt responses and a professional manner she continues to aid me through my current placement.

Visualisation Designer

Paul helped to place me in my current role at Williams and it went smoother than I had expected. My previous experiences with recruiters was one filled with pressure (as if you were a business deal they couldn't wait to close), lack of follow ups and lack of transparency. But with Paul I had a completely refreshing experience and I always felt he was on my side the whole time. He is very professional, honest and well experienced.

Control Systems Engineer

Gemma is the best recruitment consultant I have dealt with. Hardworking, communicative and always there to support, she’s a credit to the profession.

Technical Instructor

David was highly professional throughout my dealings with him and his colleague. He provided accurate and detailed information in a timely manner and was thoroughly transparent with all information. I found David to be diligent and a pleasure to deal with, and I would highly recommend his services to recruiters and candidates alike.

Fleet Sales Manager

Simon is one of the best recruiters I have worked with. He knows his clients very well. I have been in contact with Simon for over 3 years and throughout the time, he is extremely professional and friendly. He always keeps in touch regularly which I think is very important for his type of role. Simon also fully understands the my skills and the suitability for a role. So much so that sometimes when I have asked him about a job I've seen he explains the details and says it's not the best role for myself. (Which I agreed). Simon does pay a lot of attention to his clients and finally, he has helped me move onto such an ideal role in the new year I am so thankful. He truly is a great recruiter and he sets a benchmark of how it should be done. For him individuals mean something and not just a number on a spread sheet. Thanks Simon and I hope to continue our relationship for years to come.

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